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By Mark Madler April 20, 2015 midnight   $$ Share

The Real Deal

Seasoned broker takes over NAI after internal dispute

Veteran broker Timothy Foutz takes over as chief executive at NAI Capital.

Valley Firm Leaving L.A.

MANUFACTURING: Superior move to Michigan called strategic.

Superior Industries decides to move its headquarters to Michigan.

Business Backs City Hall Vet

ELECTION: Ramsay racks up endorsements in Council race.

Business groups support City Hall insider Carolyn Ramsay in the District 4 Council race.

Westlake Village Firm Strikes Gusher

ENERGY: Startup creates software to improve oil-well efficiency.

A software firm for the oil well industry secures $20 million in venture capital.

These Festivals Are Hopping

Suds are up at craft brew events held by former disc jockey.

The future looks foamy for Burbank-based California Beer Festival.

When a Four Letter Word Is Just Right

Cal State Northridge’s new logo embraces popular acronym.

Cal State Northridge launches a marketing campaign.

Spinning Tragic Tales Into Gold?

Parent of autistic child starts website focusing on uplifting content.

A website for positive stories has reason to be happy with a $1.8 million investment.

The Number

As foreclosures dwindle, so does the profitability of house flipping.

Can It Strike A Chord?

RETAIL: Guitar Center is blending ecommerce with aggressive brick-and-mortar expansion.

Guitar Center bucks the ecommerce trend by opening new brick-and-mortar stores.

Walmart Rolling Forward After Favorable Ruling

RETAIL: Burbank preparing for Superstore after court upholds building permit.

A court decision moves the Burbank Walmart project closer to opening.

Post Production Houses Green Light Joint Venture

FILM: Technicolor and Deluxe team up as digital revolution slows.

When Technicolor S.A. and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. announced last month they were forming a joint venture, on the surface it appeared a bit of a head scratcher.

Sharky’s Stores Taking Bigger Bite of Market

RESTAURANTS: Chain will open four more outlets, including stand-alone.

Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill is building its first free-standing restaurant in Northridge this year.

Neighborhood Prosecutors Tap Into Social Media

ENFORCEMENT: City program seeks to combat local nuisances block-by-block.

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer’s program for Neighborhood Prosecutors is receiving mixed reviews from Valley attorneys.

SPECIAL REPORT: Royalties Make Partner a King at New Firm

Vincent Leoni is the newest partner at Miller Kaplan Arase, the San Fernando Valley’s largest accounting firm as ranked by the number of local CPAs.

SPECIAL REPORT: Runner Has Track Record

Tax season means long hours for everyone, but a sense of camaraderie is built among the team and when it ends there is a great sense of accomplishment.

SPECIAL REPORT: San Fernando Valley Native Handles Taxing Job

Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP is so tied to traditional tax work that Gregg Hutchins, a partner in the Westlake Village office, has a copy of the very first U.S. tax form from 1913 hanging on the wall of his office.

SPECIAL REPORT: Small Company Specialist Grows With Clients

We are a multi-disciplined, full-service firm that serves many small businesses and high net-worth individuals, but also specialize in providing a full suite of services to financial institutions.

SPECIAL REPORT: Master of All Trades Strategy Leads to Success

Andrew “Drew” Grey has worked as chief financial officer at a commercial lighting company, chief executive of a dietary supplement manufacturer and as top accountant at a real estate brokerage – all while partner at SRG LLC.

SPECIAL REPORT: Author Spells It Out on Closely Held Companies

Over the years, our business has created the need to be uber compliance oriented and, with increased government oversight, we have to guard our role as business counselors.

SPECIAL REPORT: Work Hard, Play Hard is Motto at Glendale Outfit

Technology has played a major role in the accounting field. I started my career with the very first desktop PC.

SPECIAL REPORT: Heady Growth Strategy Defines Life at Top Firm

The world has changed enormously since I joined the profession 24 years ago. Regulatory oversight has increased.

SPECIAL REPORT: Arthur Andersen Veteran Finds Success in Failure

I started my career at Arthur Andersen.

SPECIAL REPORT: Short Stature Belies Highly Competitive Nature

I’m the SoCal food, beverage, and agribusiness practice leader. I focus on manufacturing and consumer product companies with an emphasis in food, beverage and agribusiness.

SPECIAL REPORT: Leading Figures

Ten of the Valley’s top accountants share the quirks of the number-crunching trade.

Upgraded Warehouse Lures Overseas Buyer

INDUSTRIAL: Hong Kong firm spends $9.89 million on site once eyed for swap meet.

What’s a landlord to do with a vacant industrial building that’s no longer industrial? Take it back to its roots.